Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship. Board-certified music therapists (MT-BCs) work in medical, psychiatric, and educational settings to help clients improve psychological and physiological functioning.
The music therapy degree program at Nazareth College, approved by the American Music Therapy Association, studies the impact of melody, harmony, and rhythm on children and adults with physical, communication, emotional, and cognitive disabilities. You'll participate in hands-on clinical training, working directly with clients both in the community and in Nazareth's on-campus Music Therapy Clinic, part of the College's York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute. Nazareth is the only college that offers this program within 120 miles of Rochester.
As part of clinical practice, you'll learn to improvise and compose music for guitar and piano. You will work in a number of educational and healthcare settings, and complete six-month internships at the culmination of your degree program.
Education: B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory; M.M.T., Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., University of Kansas
Teaching and Research Interests: Integrative Music Therapy; rehabilitation of speech and language in adults: evidence-based practice in medicine and gerontology.
A six-month internship at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, led to a full-time job there for Jessica Jarvis (left) as one of three board-certified music therapists. In a Texas Medical Center story, Jarvis said, "To see the joy in a mom’s eyes when her child gets up and walks for the first time because it’s easier with music as a stimulation and motivation… I see music therapy making a real difference in my patients." Jarvis is also working on a doctorate in rehabilitation sciences, to advance research in the field.
Volunteering at an elementary school, working in a clinic on campus, and co-disciplinary experience make the music therapy major an exciting and integrative program with real world experience.